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Africa Command has trouble filling key civilian slots

The initial goal was to fill a quarter of staff positions with experts from civilian agencies; now the target is 4 percent and even that is proving difficult.

Panel approves bill allowing GAO to sue agencies

Bill would give watchdog the authority to interview federal employees under oath and to obtain information that three agencies assert is proprietary.

GAO finds progress with FBI case management system

Report does indicate some weaknesses in property record database run by Lockheed Martin.

From Nextgov.com: Congress threatens to block rule to have airlines pay for foreign-exit system

Scuttling DHS proposal for a network to check identities of international travelers departing the country could suspend visa waiver program.

Missing Pieces

John McCain's campaign seems little more than a candidate, an airplane and a small staff.

Lieberman's oversight activities have watchdogs howling

Some activists and Senate Democrats question Connecticut senator's chairmanship of Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee.

House Homeland Security Committee's staff said to be in turmoil

A handful of senior aides have left in recent weeks; some staffers claim panel's oversight work is being eclisped by a focus on promoting contracting opportunities for small and minority-owned businesses.

Agencies detail plans to decrease aviation congestion

Transportation Department favors market-based solutions, but outside observers say these solutions are unproven.

Energy Department revises cost estimate for Yucca Mountain project

Nevada nuclear waste repository will come with a price tag of more than $90 billion.

From Nextgov.com: Congress pushes DHS for national emergency communications plan

Department may have to delay state grants to make first responder communications interoperable.